BALTIMORE, Feb. 3, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Society of Academic Urologists (SAU) and American Urological Association (AUA) are pleased to announce the results from this year's highly competitive Urology Residency Match Program, which includes the largest number of positions offered, and filled, in the Program's history.
Nearly 480 applicants wishing to specialize in urology registered for this 2017 Urology Match, an increase from the 468 who registered in 2016. Of those who registered, 422 (88 percent) submitted preference lists, vying for a record 319 available positions across the country. When the matching algorithm was processed, 75 percent matched to a vacancy within 130 U.S. registered and accredited training programs, including six American Osteopathic Association accredited programs, leaving just two vacancies unmatched.
"We are proud of the continued success of the Urology Residency Match," said SAU President, Stephen Y. Nakada, MD, FACS. "The record number of programs registered, positions filled and the inclusion of American Osteopathic Association, is a positive trend for the specialty, and a testament to the increased level of interest many have in urology."
Urology Match Day is an annual rite of passage for U.S. medical students and other applicants from around the world. Medical students begin their residency application process at the start of their final year in medical school. After applying to various registered programs across the country, select candidates are invited by programs for interviews, which are held in the fall and early winter. Once the interview period is over, both registered parties submit their preference lists to the AUA who has performed the Match annually on behalf of the SAU (formerly Society of University Urologists) for more than 30 years.
"Each year we look forward to helping a growing number of medical students start their journey toward becoming urologists," said AUA Residents Committee Chair Hans C. Arora, MD. "We are pleased to be a part of such a critical milestone for these talented men and women."
2017 Urology Residency Match Highlights
- A record 130 U.S. accredited training programs registered for the 2017 Urology Match, an increase from 124 in 2016.
- On average, participants submitted 68 applications, 3 more than in 2016.
- Programs received an average of 248 applications, three less than in 2016.
- Programs granted an average of 36 interviews in 2017 and 2016.
- Potential residents took an average of 11 interviews this year, an increase of one than in 2016.
- Matched applicants had an average of 14.07 programs on their preference lists in 2017 compared to 14.26 in 2016.
- Female graduates applying for and matching with urology programs also grew in 2017. This year, 82 of 109 female participants (75 percent) matched with programs, compared to 63 of 93 (68 percent) in 2016.
- A total of 291 (82 percent) of senior medical students were matched in 2017, 60 more than in 2016.
- A total of 15 (47 percent) of previous U.S. graduates (not seniors) were matched in both 2017 and 2016.
- A total of 11 (33 percent) of international medical students and graduates were matched in 2017, five more than in 2016.
The AUA uses a computerized mathematical algorithm to match applicants with programs using the preferences expressed on their ranked lists.
Statistics on the 2017 Match and past Match results can be found by visiting: https://www.auanet.org/education/urology-and-specialty-matches.cfm
About the American Urological Association: Founded in 1902 and headquartered near Baltimore, Maryland, the American Urological Association is a leading advocate for the specialty of urology, and has more than 21,000 members throughout the world. The AUA is a premier urologic association, providing invaluable support to the urologic community as it pursues its mission of fostering the highest standards of urologic care through education, research and the formulation of health policy.
CONTACT: Christine Frey, AUA
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SOURCE American Urological Association